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New Activities & Services for the Cross

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We’re looking to improve facilities at Yew Lane in the next 12-18months. We hope this will include new kitchen facilities, a new activity room, with potential for creche space and new double glazing.

So the question now is: What new activities and services would you like to see the building being used for?

Here’s some suggestions from other people – but we’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts too, you can add your comments below.

  • Art therapy sessions
  • Dance therapy sessions
  • Gardening therapy sessions
  • Other therapeutic sessions
  • Counselling & support services
  • Adult education / learning
  • Sessions for adults with learning disabilities
  • Guided meditation
  • Relaxation classes

“…A time to build”

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“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
 a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
  a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
  a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

These words from Ecclesiastes remind us that in nature, and in life, things change, it talks about the seasons of change that are all too familiar to those of us who garden.

Photos from our garden work day on 17th November 2012

At Yew Lane the building season is entering an exciting new phase – as well as significant work in the front garden, we hope in the next year to also refurbish and upgrade the kitchen and begin work on developing a second and completely new activity room. But as well as this physical building work we’re also looking at new activities and new sessions to take us forward into 2013, these include:

  • Thursday afternoon Space to Grow gardening and cooking sessions.
  • “Movement Medicine” dance for women (hopefully to start in January 2013)
  • Songs for the Soul singing sessions (Next session: 30th November. 7-9pm)

In  all this we are looking to build a “family” – not of course one built on birth relationships and genetics, but one based on people wanting to be together, grow with each other; share, care, love and support for each other. We don’t imagine that all our family will be Christians, or even that they will be of any faith, we simply want to offer the opportunity to be part of it everyone who wants it ….. so if that’s you we’ll look forward to seeing you.

Visitors & new beds

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Well we’ve been blessed by being able to welcome some new visitors to the Cross at Yew Lane over the past couple of weeks; on the 26th April, Rev Vernon Marsh (Sheffield Methodist District Chair) came as part of his visit to PXI – Parson Cross Initiative. Judith and I were able to share with him the Quiet garden vision and how we were hoping to both develop the gardens and the buildings to create an even better and more welcoming space.

Sharing a meal – Making new friends

Today we welcomed a group of students through Sheffield University Chaplaincy team, their visit a few weeks ago was cancelled with all the heavy rain we got. After sharing a meal together and explaining something of the work of PXI and the Quiet Garden at Yew Lane, they set about working in the gardens building a new front bed planted with lavender and geraniums.

Mahdi, Vlad and Claire complete the front bed.

We’re hoping to organise a garden work day for a Sunday afternoon in May or June when we’ll do some tidying work, and some more work on both the Front garden and the Cloistered garden. Keep watching this blog for dates and details.

 

Thursdays at the Cross at Yew lane are of course always a time you can come to enjoy the quiet or do some gardening. The building is open from 10am and you are free to come and go throughout the day as you choose. The “listening service” (offered as part of the PXI District Centre Chaplaincy service, it provides a confidential service with a trained listener for you to talk to and share your worries and problems) and the “resting room” (where you can relax, rest, study, meditate and pray) are both available all day 10am till 3pm. At lunchtime (12.30pm) we offer the opportunity to share soup and a roll, and some fruit; and in the afternoon (1-3pm) “space to grow” provides the chance to spend time working in the gardens. There is no charge for anything on the day – but we ask that those who can would make a donation to support the Quiet Garden. …. we hope to see you there one day.

 

 

 

 

Planning ahead

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For a while we’ve been looking at how we might improve the space at Cross at Yew Lane in order to better meet the various needs of those who already use, and those we hope will use in future the premises and the garden.This year, thanks to a grant from Sheffield City Councils “Climate Change Fund” we’ve already replaced our old heating system with a much better, greener and more efficient system – but we still have plans for more over the coming months and years. these include:

  • Double glazing to windows in the main room.
  • Improved kitchen and serving area.
  • New meeting and activity room to replace the obsolete boiler and activity rooms.
  • Washroom, toilet and store accessible from the garden area.

On our new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CrossAtYewLane there’s a poll asking which of the new refurbishment you’d be most likely to use, if you’ve time and access to Facebook please let us know – if you don’t “do” Facebook then why not leave a comment here about the ideas, and any further suggestions you have for improvements to the space or activities you’d like to see take place.

 

Space to Grow in Parson Cross

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PXI -Space to Grow is for people who find gardening and being outdoors a good way of helping them feel and be healthier—whether that’s through the exercise we get from digging, or from eating freshly grown fruit and vegetables, or just from the friends and company we can enjoy. We have three different sessions at three different locations (each with a slightly different feel) there is no charge to those taking part for any of these.

  • Tuesdays 10am-12noon @ Parson Cross Park Allotments–Plot107 (Families and children are welcome especially in school holidays.) As the allotments are locked people need to ring Nick in advance to let him know they’ll be coming, or identify themselves at the gate so they can be let in. Children are welcome but MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Thursdays 10am-12noon @LEAF (Herries Road). LEAF volunteers are present at this and other times and people are welcome to attend at their own convenience. Thursday mornings provide a space when Nick is available as an additional worker is on site to provide support.
  • Thursdays 12.30pm-3.00pm @Cross at Yew Lane. (From 23rd February) A soup lunch is available (we encourage people to make a donation where they can) followed by work in the gardens or the chance to enjoy the quiet “Resting Room”

New Thursday quiet space

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From 23rd February we’ll be starting with a new regular weekly quiet space at The Cross at Yew Lane. The building and gardens will be open from 10am until 3pm every Thursday and will offer a quiet space for anyone who wants to use it for; prayer, relaxation, reading, studying or even a quick nap!

Each session will be hosted by someone from the team at Yew Lane, and it will also be possible to book times to meet with someone from the new Listening Service based in Parson Cross with PXI. At 12.30pm there’ll be chance to enjoy some more hospitality and share some soup and bread with each and enjoy some shared time together. Keep watching for more information.

Prayers for Healing

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Tonight Judith will lead Prayers for Healing at The Cross at Yew Lane. It got me to thinking again about the nature of the “Quiet Garden” and our hope to be a place of hospitality, rest, growth and renewal.

I recently read this: “….gardening itself can be a deeply instructive and healing experience.” Quiet Garden Cuttings No6, and wondered why it is that for many people, gardening and spending time in the garden, offers such an experience.

The  Quiet Gardens Movement: http://www.quietgarden.org/ of which The Cross at Yew Lane is a member emphasise the benefit of gardens and gardening for emotional, spiritual, and physical well being ….. but still why? What is it that makes gardens and gardening so powerful in the search for health and well being?

Here’s one thought; “Community gardens are restorative in many ways. They enable people to become better connected with their land, their food, and the people around them, which in turn fosters community, encourages good nutrition, and increases stewardship of the land.” (Therapeutic Landscapes Network). Add to this the fact that gardens force us to slow down, to work within the framework of seasons, and daylight hours, they bring us into a closer relationship with creation and perhaps with God.